Adobe Connect vs Microsoft Lync
Last updated: August 08, 2014
Adobe Connect is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars used by leading corporations and government agencies. And it's based on Adobe Flash technology, so you can deliver rich interactions that participants can join easily. Adobe Connect free alternatives are Skype, Google Hangouts.
Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) and Microsoft Lync for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Lync Server or Lync Online available with Microsoft Office 365. Basic features include instant messaging, Voice Over IP and Video Conferencing inside the client software.
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2010 - Lync 2010 becomes social. Adobe Connect keeps calm
Oh, we didn't rename our products for so long time, thought people in Microsoft and decided to rename MS Office Communications Server to Lync. The new version Lync 2010 with a status "release candidate" is already available for free download and contains a large number of new features as compared to OCS. Most interesting are social features, that we used to see more in social networks rather than in VoIP-solutions. First, the activity feeds that you can subscribe to view contact's status changes. Like in the location-services, Lync can determine the actual contact location by the network point to which he is currently connected. People search allows you to find the right person in the company by name and by the area of expertise. Another interesting feature - context call that allows users to push the conversation subject before making a call, so the contact could better prepair to the conversation.
As for the new communication features, Lync 2010 supports videoconferencing streams with resolution of 720p HD as well as panoramic HD-video.
The "simultaneous call" feature allows users to redirect incoming calls to any internal number or several numbers or directly to voicemail. Voicemail in Lync 2010 will be transcribed to text in real time, so that users could read the contents of the incoming voice messages.
Microsoft will also release web-client Lync Web App and a new mobile client Lync Mobile (it's not clear yet for what platforms).
Commercial version of Lync 2010 is scheduled for the end of this year.